Hon. Muhammed Kadade Suleiman, Kaduna State Gubernatorial candidate under the platform of PDP vows to chase Mal Nasiru Elrufai from office In 2019 election.
Interviewer: Please tell us about yourself.
Hon. Kadade: I am Muhammed Kadade Sulaiman, I was born and raised in Kaduna and the first son of my parents. My father late Alhaji Kadade Sulaiman, he was the first district head of our village Nasarawan Doya and he was Chairman of Makarfi Local Government.
Interviewer: Why do you want to be the governor of Kaduna State?
Hon. Kadade: Firstly, I want the youths to realize, to wake up from their sleep. It is time to become responsible and start participating in politics and decision making. Decisions that will change our lives and that of the generation to come.
Interviewer: In what ways will you, as a younger candidate, be able to deliver what others haven’t done before?
Hon. Kadade: One thing is that, we the younger generation, the youth had been hearing this “Youth are the leaders of tomorrow”. The rate of younger generation in politics and government has decreased in large number. For instance if you look at them Ahmadu Bello, Tafawa Balewa, Maitama Sule and the rest, there were young people between 20 to 40 years and they did a lot to this country.
I believe the involvement of a lot more young people in politics in our country will bring great things to us. And I believe in most of our founding fathers ideology. Always remember that wisdom is not the prerogative of the old only. Even the younger generation might be endowed with wisdom.
I have always seen love as something that will bind us together. Love of state, love of hope, love of dream, love of life, liberty and the persuade of happiness. With these I believe we will make Kaduna State great.
Interviewer: How do you plan to reduce high rate of kidnapping and tribalism as is common in the state?
Hon. Kadade: Kidnapping comes as a result of unemployment and lack of security. If work is given to people, salaries are being paid, workers are not sacked without tangible reasons, then I see no reason why kidnapping will have room in Kaduna State.
And about tribalism, I will make unity my top priority, because I believe unity begets progress. I will try my very best to make sure that there is good interaction and communication among our people, with these all religious and tribal bigotry will be flushed out of the state.
Interviewer: Do you think you can chase Malam Nasiru el-rufai from office?
Hon. Kadade: “smiles” I will easily defeat Elrufai in 2019. I think this is the easiest task I will ever come across in my life. Because the youths have waken up, they have opened their eyes wide now, the elders too are with me as they want nothing now but development and not propaganda.
Interviewer: What can you say about the recent move made by Malam Nasiru El-rufai to borrow money from the World Bank?
Hon. Kadade: It is obvious. Is Malam Nasiru el-Rufa’i not ashamed? Was he not the one that criticized the past administration of debt? He said on June 2015 “ Kaduna State is so much indebted to the extent that each person living in the state has a debt burden of about 15000 naira including children yet unborn”.
The man who could not explain how he spent N7.721 Billion Paris club refund is now telling us how he will spend $350 million loan? It is clear that he is collecting this loan to fund his campaign not for work in developing the state.
Interviewer: In what ways do you believe you can push youth to the forefront of politics and make the needful and impactful change your state needs?
Hon. Kadade: In order to bring in the change we have been chanting for, we need to see the involvement of youth most be 100%. I want to remind the youth in Kaduna State today that we are the future leaders today. The future is now not tomorrow not next year. If we do not get involved now then we should be blamed for what ever we see.
We are the future today. Youth Participation is a must and must be taken seriously. It is only that you do not have to wait to be an adult to be an active member of your community. Your opinion matters and it should be heard.
I started participating since when I was 16 years of age, since before I started voting. Speak your mind online through social media or at meetings and gatherings. It helps you assert yourself and your interests. Also, you never know who might be listening but always think before posting anything.
Participate in youth organizations because they are places to expand your knowledge and become an active member of your society. If your community does not have an organization representing the youth, create one. Be the trendsetter and make impact.
Flow into different political parties and participate fully. You can be a politician even without contesting for any political office, you can contribute in many ways by being a member. But young people nowadays just want to jump and catch the rope. What I mean is that they want to contest without knowing their party members, excos, delegates and even party heads which is not possible. We need to participate fully and even occupy some key positions in different political parties. Secondly, giving the youth hope, will push them to a greater level in politics.
I felt if I have not put myself in the center of it then we will all continue be spectators. And thank God many young people are now gaining interest in politics. Absolute transparency and truth. I believe with absolutely transparency and truth, it will help our youths in getting into greater level. Believe in your self and follow your passion. Passionate youth will change Kaduna State InshaAllah.
We all care about something, why not stand for it?
Interviewer: What do you think it will take for you to win the upcoming 2019 elections?
Hon. Kadade: Winning an election is hard work. It takes time and careful planning.
Anyone thinking of running against an incumbent must make a careful examination of whether it can be done. Generally, there are two things that should worry incumbents. One, is whether the electorate perceives that things are on the right track.
The other is whether the electorate thinks the incumbent cares about them. A deadly combination for any incumbent is that voters think government is off the track and nobody cares about them and that is what is happening in Kaduna State.
The incumbent governor has failed to fulfill a single campaign promise and the people are totally not in support of himself. The number of unemployment has risen and the masses are bitterly complaining. Almost 30,000 people lost their jobs under the governor’s watch which is wrong. And the people of Kaduna have decided to vote the incumbent government out of Sir Kashim Ibrahim house in 2019 election. I think it is easy for any credible candidate to win election in Kaduna State, someone who is not a propagandist.
A politician of integrity must be seen making genuine efforts to fulfill their campaign promises. But in Kaduna no effort has been made to make the state great again as mentioned during their campaign. They promised the people heaven and earth.
Instagram to Launch TikTok Competitor in August
One of the rising stars of the COVID era has been TikTok, the Chinese-owned video-sharing app that’s enchanted teens and young adults, while causing privacy concerns for our nation’s leaders.
But American-owned Instagram announced this week that it will launch a competitor by early August. The new feature, called Reels, is almost identical to TikTok.
What will Reels offer?
The major difference from the Chinese prototype is that posts on Reels will disappear when the story expires. TikTok, on the other hand, allows users to revisit videos permanently. If creators want to save their videos on Reels, they’ll have to add them to their profile.
Rolling Out the Feature
Reels will be available in the U.S. and 50 other countries by early August. It first launched last year in Brazil, and has also had trial runs in Germany and France. Additionally, Reels is available in India, which was TikTok’s second-largest market until its government banned the app last month over cybersecurity concerns.
If you are a casual Instagram user and are not looking forward to the inevitable avalanche of Reels stories, fear not. You can mute these stories by clicking a circular icon at the top of the home screen and holding down until a pop-up appears. Select “mute,” then “mute story.”
There are also rumors of a potential Reels app that is separate from the main Instagram app. This would be an attempt to recreate the TikTok experience.
Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery
Reels will not be the first time that Instagram, which is a subsidiary of Facebook, has stolen popular features from other apps. Stories were originally a function of Snapchat, before Instagram recreated the feature and, using the same name. The move ultimately benefitted Instagram, as many users abandoned Snapchat for Instagram’s version of the Stories feature.
In 2018, Facebook created an app called Lasso with many of the same functions as TikTok. But Lasso never gained much steam. Facebook is now dismantling the app to make way for Reels.
The timing of the Reels launch is not insignificant. Just this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned that the White House might ban TikTok in the US over privacy concerns. The app, which is owned by the Beijing-based company ByteDance, collects data from its users, many of whom are minors. Fears have now mounted in the States that the Chinese government has easy access to these data. If a TikTok ban is on the horizon, Reels will be waiting in the wings.
Uber Looks to Acquire Grubhub
Ridesharing and food delivery giant Uber is reportedly in negotiations to purchase Grubhub, a rival food delivery service, in an all-stock deal. This acquisition comes amid coronavirus-related shutdowns that have all but halted Uber’s ridesharing service while aggressively bolstering demand for at-home food delivery.
The move indicates Uber’s acknowledgment that it must pivot focus to food delivery for the time being. While its flagship ridesharing operation is perhaps its most identifiable service, by 2019, Uber Eats had already become a more profitable venture. Now, with restrictions against social gatherings, workplaces closed and fears about being in confined places abounding, Uber is looking to embrace and buttress its second most popular market segment.
“If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em.”
Right now there are three main players in the food delivery industry. As of March, DoorDash handled 42% of sales, Grubhub followed 28% and Uber Eats was last with 20%.
Uber has a double incentive to swallow up Grubhub now, before DoorDash can make the move. By acquiring the second-largest player in the food delivery game, Uber not only knocks out an opponent, but Uber Eats becomes the market leader the day the deal closes.
Jesse Reyes, the CEO of J-Curve Advisors, says of Uber’s strategy, “If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em.”
Uber’s scramble to eat up the competition is raising some alarms among monopoly watchdogs. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), the chair of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, calls Uber “a notoriously predatory company that has long denied its drivers a living wage.” He continued to say that Uber’s “attempt to acquire Grubhub—which has a history of exploiting local restaurants through deceptive tactics and extortionate fees—marks a new low in pandemic profiteering.”
While Uber’s move is certainly opportunistic, is it illegal? Antitrust laws exist to protect smaller businesses from being pushed out of the market by an unbeatable Goliath. Such laws also seek to prevent collusion between large firms to fix predatory prices that would bar other companies from entering the market and eviscerate fair competition. An acquisition by Uber is likely to be held under tight scrutiny, especially by the Democratically controlled House of Representatives.
No official acquisition has been confirmed just yet, but the two companies are in discussions on how to best combine forces. One GrubHub statement confirmed that the move is at least being considered, stating “consolidation could make sense in our industry.”
Meanwhile, rumors of haggling between the two companies suggest that Uber allegedly rejected an all-stock offer and that Grubhub demanded that investors receive 2.15 Uber shares for each share of Grubhub. Uber’s board of directors will convene in coming days to review the proposal.